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authority. u.s. and european scientists offered advice on nuclear safety. richard meserve is former chairman of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. he says people overseeing the nuclear industry must have technical skills if they are to properly enforce regulations and that those skills must be continuously assesd.d. he f f f f f f should be hired if necessary. andre-claude lacoste is the former head of france's nuclear authority. he say prior to the fukushima accident, the operators only implemented the safety measures that were legally required. he said it's dangerous for plant operators to rely only on state regulations and that they should be encouraged to voluntarily enhance safety. the chairman of the nuclear regulation authority says he's not satisfied with the safety awareness level in japan's nuclear plants. shunichi tanaka says the country must boost those measures by listening to the advice of foreign experts.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> criticism of this week will be taken as a more than 100,000 celebrated the launch in pyongyang, including officials from the korean workers party and mili
exchanging views with ambassadors from japan, the u.s., china and russia. she has already started moving to form her government. she'll meet with members of the present administration to go over issues. a transfer commission will finalize her policies. then in february she'll officially become the first woman in south korea to be president. >>> voters in south korea thought about the power of conglomerates when they cast ballots. many are frustrated that the big business blocks are elbowing out small and medium-size companies. they want their next president to level the playing field. we'll take a more in-depth look into that issue on friday. >>> japan's next leader has been dialing up the pressure on central bankers. he says they need to do more to shore up the economy. officials at the bank of japan emerged from two days of meeting and agreed to pump money into the economy for the fifth time this year. policymakers decided to add 10 trillion yen or $120 billion to the bank's asset-buying program. they plan to add $60 billion to buy up long-term government bonds. they will spend another
with u.s. president barack obama. they talked about meeting next month in washington. it would be abe's first foreign visit after forming a new government. he's made strengthening the japan/u.s. relationship a priority. nhk world has more from washington. >> people in the obama administration place a high priority on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands in the east china sea. their concerned thathe conflict i claims allowed to fester could unsettled dynamic in the region. they want to see policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the swaituation. they're drawn into military confrontation because of their alliance with japan. >> our message to the new japanese government will be the same as the message to the former japanese government, which is that we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue. >> now japan has stirred up another territorial dispute with south korea. u.s. official want up
were also bought on hopes that u.s. democrats and republicans may reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> translator: i think many people are pinning their hopes on mr. abe to revive the japanese economy, because his party won a landslide victory in the election. >> translator: i'm not sure whether this upbeat trend will continue or it's just temporary. i'm concerned the u.s. fiscal cliff may have a downward effect. >> market players are, for the time being, are cheering the bold monetary easing measures put guard by the democratic liberal party leader. however, some say measures by the central bank may not be enough to pull japan out of its prolonged deflation. there are also concerns that price hikes without wage increases could dampen consumer spending and that could eventually pull down the country's economy. gee the global campaign to end polio have become targets of deadly violence. patchari raksawong at our bureau in bangkok has details. >> gunmen killed 12 members of the anti-polio campaigns in a string of attacks this week. the world health organization is
for putting the alliance with the u.s. in danger by flip-flopping on relocating american bases. you know, opposition parties will be making these same arguments to voters. >> so how do you rate the opposition's chances of winning? >> mm-hmm. recent polls suggest that main opposition leader democrats could regain power. you know, leader shinzo abe has already served as a prime minister in 2006 and '07. he says he would not yield in territorial fight with china and would increase defense spending if necessary. at the same time, he said he would do more to mend economic ties. he said if deflation persists he might delay the hike in the consumption tax. he has piled the pressure on the central bank to do more to ease monetary policy. he has said the government policy of phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is unrealistic and irresponsible. >> so how about all these new parties that we're hearing about? >> well, voters who are tired of the establishment could support what are known as the third force. former tokyo governor shintaro ishihara leads the restoration party. its candidates are as
alarmed people in neighboring countries. senior officials have met with their u.s. counterparts to coordinate their response. south korea's chief nuclear negotiator and the head of the japanese foreign ministries headed to washington. they met with u.s. special representative on north korea, glen davies. they will continue diplomatic efforts until the last minute. >> translator: we also agreed that the international community should take firm action if north korea goes ahead with the launch. >> sugiyama said he hopes to visit beijing to discuss the matter with chinese officials. >> they're ignored warnings over the year when they went ahead with a launch that ended in failure. covering the korean peninsula, we see why leaders in the north are pushing ahead despite opposition. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took power a year ago. it will use the same launch pad, a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first testing, officials said the three-stage rocket was meant to carry a satellite. but japan and the u.s. and so
afghanistan-u.s. ties ahead of the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014. >> these are events that we are familiar with. we work very, very closely with our afghan partners. they events that affect both isef and our afghan security force brothers. we continue to work to mitigate them as much as possible. >> the taliban has not claimed responsibility for the shooting in kabul on monday. but the group claims to have placed many infiltrators in the afghan military and police forces to launch attacks on international troops. >>> an archaeological dig in afghanistan unearthed priceless cultural assets. the area is also home to a large copper deposit. researchers are concerned that historic artifacts may be destroyed. nhk world's hideki yui has the story. >> reporter: researchers have found a settlement in mes ayak. their dig site plays within the perimeters of a copper mine and the development of a chinese state owned company. in 2009 the afghan government suspended mining exploration in the area and allowed a french research team to conduct excavations. some o
in abe's previous cab net. he will have to dial with the relocation of the u.s. marine corps futenma air station, among other issues. itsunori onede virginia. is defense minister. he has chaired a special lower house committee on okinawa and other terrors to and head of the ldp's foreign affairs division. economic revival minister is akira amari and i will spearhead a new task force on that issue and also responsible for the council on economic and fiscal policy, which is being restored after it was cut by the previous government. >>> shinzo abe is bringing a wealth of experience with him back to the prime minister's office, not just from his career but also from the lessons taught to him by his family. politic it is run in abe's blood. his grandfather was a prime minister. his father severed as foreign minister. abe launched his political career about 20 years ago. voters elected him to the lower house. his father died while running for prime minister. >> translator: i will fulfill my grandfather's wish. >> reporter: he was deputy secretary when he attended a trip to north korea ten yea
that the market is surging too quickly. others are waiting to see if the u.s. can avoid the so-called fiscal cliff before the year-end deadline. >>> and bond traders in tokyo are selling japanese government bonds or jgbs. they expect the new administration will issue more bonds to finance its stimulus measures. this sent jgb yields to a three-month high. the ten-year yield on the jgb topped 0.8% on thursday, the highest level since september 21st. yields rise when bond prices fall. analysts say more investors are shifting their financial assets from bonds to stocks so this will cause interest rates to inch up for a while. >>> u.s. treasury department officials have alerted congressional leaders about the debt ceiling. the government will reach this in about two months and the country could suffer a self-inflicted default. congress currently sets the borrowing limit at $16.4 trillion. the national debt rose because of a series of deficit-covering bonds were issued. the government and the republican party are at odds over the issue. the political stalemate in the summer of 2011 over raising the debt
of reaching the u.s. west coast. experts used data from previous launches to make their estimate. they say a missile launched in 2009 had a range of almost 7,000 kilometers. north korean officials tried again in april. that one exploded shortly after takeoff. but the first booster burned 18 seconds longer than those used in previous attempts. the experts believe engineers may have succeeded in reducing the size of a nuclear warhead. south korean officials say workers have completed assembly of the three-stage missile. they say once the crew injects the fuel, it would be ready to go. authorities in pyongyang say they'll launch between the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit, but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> south korean foreign minister kim sung-hwan has criticized north korea for spending more than $500 million on missile development. kim told a parliamentary committee that north korea is believed to have spent $400 million to build a tongchang-ri launch
our bulletin for today. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok. >>> u.s. labor department officials have released the latest jobs report. they say the employment situation improved in november. this is the first employment data after president barack obama was re-elected. the unemployment rate last month fell to 7.7% from 7.9% in october. the jobless rate has now been below 8% for three straight months. u.s. employers added 146,000 jobs in the nonfarm sector such as retail trade, professional, and business services and health care. that's more than economists had forecast. u.s. employers added 138,000 jobs in october. the officials of the labor department say hurricane sandy, which shook the country's east coast in late october, did not substantively impact the national unemployment estimates for november. >>> a legal battle between two smartphone giants, apple of the united states and samsung of south korea, rages on. the california federal district court has reopened the case over smartphone and other patents. the court has resumed a hearing before handing down its final ruling. back i
korea, japan and the u.s. say the north koreans actually fired off a long-range missile. >>> the state broadcaster has played this video repeatedly throughout the past day. it's the first time they released a video filmed at the actual launch site. previously they showed images from the screen at the control facility. >> translator: even countries with developed satellite technology have had many failed launches but we learned from the failure in april. we launched today's rocket with a conviction to succeed. >> the first stage fell into the yellow sea west of the korean peninsula. the nose cover fell a short distance beyond that. the second stage dropped into the pacific ocean east of the philippines. >>> an american astrophysicist says what the north koreans call a satellite is an orbit commonly used by intelligence in observation satellites. jonathan mcdowell is the harvard smithsonian center for astro physics. he says the object seems to be orbiting south/north about 500 kilometers above earth. >>> south korea says the north was trying to create confusion before its launch. the gov
on repairing the damage to japan-u.s. ties caused by a disagreement over the relocation of an american base in okinawa. >> translator: security environment is getting come olympic indicated so i believe our alliance is really important. >> reporter: noda worked to improve relations with u.s. continued as relation with china deteriorated. his government nationalized the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. chinese ships enter japanese waters near the islands and chinese alleged anti-japan demonstrations. noda's key domestic policy issue was fiscal reform. he staked his career on hiking the consumption tax and reforming social security to chip away at japan's rising debt. the opposition liberal democrats and their allies helped him pass a package of bills after he promised to call a general election soon. but then noda added conditions. he wanted to enact legislation allowing the government to issue bonds defined as the current fiscal year's budget and he wanted to reform the electoral system. >> translator: if you agree to this condi
from our bureau in bangkok. >> the u.s. department of defense has released its latest report on the on going battle with taliban in afghanistan. progress has been made, but much remains to be done. pressing issue, how to best train afghan forces to maintain security. the report released to the u.s. congress on monday. a key claim is that 76% of the country's population lives in areas where afghan police and troops maintain the leading role in security. it also states that attacks by the taliban rose by 1% for the period of april to september, known as the afghan fighting season. the pentagon says increased violence centered on rural areas and security in cities dramatically improved during the same period. since the start of the year, attacks fell 22% in kabul, 62% in kandahar, and 88% in mazhar-i-sharif. compares with 211. critical concerns are also detailed in the report. international forces have been training afghan security forces for years, but the report says very few afghan units are fully dependent from international counterparts when carrying out operations. another
they learned of the launch from u.s. missile warning systems around 9:51 japan time. it was confirmed around 10:01 by self defense forces radar which then tracked the rocket. the ministry says it decided not to fire its patriot defense missiles because the rocket was confirmed to pass over okinawa toward the pacific ocean. the officials say there was no possibility of debris falling on japanese territory. south korea's defense ministry says the rocket that north korea launched on wednesday could have reached as far as the u.s. west coast. >> translator: the rocket launched today must be a long-range missile with an estimated range of about 10,000 kilometers. >> kim said the launch was aimed at furthering the development of intercontinental ballistics missiles. the launch had officials scrambling to catch up. north korean authorities announced monday they were extending the launch window by a week because of problems. south korean officials said their intelligence suggested a delay. they said north korean crews removing the missile from a launch pad possibly to repair it. they told nhk the techn
the japan/u.s. alliance and then improve relations with other countries and protect our land and waters. >> abe and the liberal democrats spent three years in opposition as the democratic party ran the country. now they head back to the lower house with a lot of political muscle and they easily pushed through their conservative policies. the liberal democrats won 294 seats and the long-time partner new komeito, 31. their combined total of 325 gives them a two-thirds majority in the 480-seat lower house. that will allow them to keep their agenda on track. if the upper house rejects a bill, a vote by two-third of the lower house lawmakers can override that decision. members of prime minister noda's democratic party had 230 seats, heading into the election. they held on to 57. abe vowed to take a stronger claim over the islands in the east china sea. they'll carefully monitor how the new administration deals with the issue. japan controls the islands but china and taiwan say they belong to them. >> translator: we hope that china realizes the problems we share and deal with them properly. >
the gorgeous display for yourself. kanako sachno, tokyo midtown. >>> it is snowing in eastern parts of the u.s., robert speta has the latest on the large storm there and the rest of the weather. robert? >> let's first take a look here in the northeast. see the comma cloud here, across the eastern u.s. to canada. that's a very potent winner that's this very potent winter storm already bringing heavy snowfall here and it looks like more snowfall is on tap. the lines coming in the north to the south, running over the great lakes, ontario, erie, huron. that's where you're going to be seeing some very significant lake-effect snow along the southern periphery of these lakes as that snow picks up. snow continues to move up, even toward the appalachian mountains. going into your saturday. on sunday, expect cold air to spill in behind this. conditions will rapidly clear up. temperatures will drop right off. this jet stream continues to linger on toward the south. currently into portions of northern florida and southern georgia, you are under freeze watches. you need to watch out for this because this o
consideration. u.s. forces deported the plane this year. ospreys can fly twice as fast as the helicopter and four times as far before they need to refuel and they can transport three times the weight. the deployment of the osprey sparked protest in okinawa and elsewhere because of concerns about its safety record. ministry sources say they will consider public opinion and the cost of introducing the planes. japanese peacekeepers in the golan heights have begun to return home as their 16-yir-long mission nears its end. the first group of 33 members of the self-defense forces arrived at narita airport in tokyo on monday. government officials decided earlier this month to recall the peacekeepers earlier than planned. securing their safety had become difficult because of the civil war in syria. defense ministry officials say the remaining 14 members will wrap up their mission by mid-january. >>> japan first sent sdf personnel to the golan heights in 1996 as part of a united nations mission to monitor the cease-fire between syria and israel. members have been transporting supplies and providi
for negotiated peace. nhk world, gaza strip. >>> another winter storm is hitting the southern u.s. meteorologist robert speta has more. >> we are now watching another storm, actually we had this one move off here across new england yesterday and now moving towards quebec, you do not need more snow at all. now we're watching this one starting to develop. it's expected to start to move to the northeast. already seeing snowfall already the ohio river valley and then as that pulls off here into these areas that were already hit by widespread snowfall, many people are still without electricity here and unfortun e unfortunately it looks like another system running overhead going for friday and eventually into saturday. on sunday it's going to run off the east coast. but before it does so, expect heavy accumulations and gusty winds, even some thunderstorm activity further down south. the savior with this one, it is going to be moving rather fast, unplik the last storm that pushed through all week and that was a slow mover. you had persistent conditions overhead. behind it, improving weather across muc
will be done in coordination with u.s. forces. defense officials in seoul are also considering raising the country's alerstatus by one notch. japan's self-defense forces are on the alert in advance of this possible missile launch. the maritime sdf vessel carrying pac-3 missile interceptors has left its home port in hiroshima bound for okinawa. the pac-3 surface-to-air missiles are capable of shooting down debris should it come near the ground. the interceptors will be placed at several sites in okinawa. defense ministry officials expect the missile's flight path could take it over the islands of okinawa. commanders say they'll deploy aegis cruisers in those waters. they say they would only react if debris from a missile fell over japanese territory. >>> investigators are trying to understand why a highway tunnel near tokyo collapsed. panels on the tunnel's ceiling gave way, trapping people inside. nine people were killed. the accident happened sunday morning along a highway connecting tokyo to other parts of central japan. operators say bolts holding up concrete panels on the ceiling m
shows a young xi riding a bike with his daughter on the backseat. the daughter is now studying at a u.s. university. in another photo, he is seen pushing the wheelchair of his father, the former vice premier. it's unusual for the chinese media to report on the private aspects of the country's leaders. >> populous, prosperous, pushing ahead, china's rise, wealth, power, and problems, an income gap divides people. pollution threatens their health and disputes at sea strain relations with its neighbors. find out about the challenges china faces on "newsline." >>> a north korean state media outlet responded to news of japan's upcoming change of government. it says the people of asia are wary of japanese political developments. the monday edition of the korean workers' party newspaper rodong sinmun, was the first media outlet to report on the election on december 16th. a commentary expressed concern for public support for what it describes as groups driving japan down the path of militarism. it suggests that north korean leaders are waiting to see what policies the government will adopt towa
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